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[IPu] costs



I agree that the supply of pumps for those not yet able to access them and
the reduction in cost for the rest of us is the priority. The problem I
suspect, as in many aspects of Aussie health care may lie in the
federal/state split. As with many things the cost if supported ie medicare,
goes on the federal budget. However the savings (less public hospital costs
etc etc) come off the state budgets. Plus currently the only ones who are
whinging (from their point of view) are those of us that have already
elected to go for it and are currently giving them the benefits without the
costs at all. So they do not have much incentive. THEREFORE, the only way we
can significantly pressure the poli's is to generated enough public pressure
to make them uncomfortable. Sitting in a very unmarginal seat makes this
impossible locally for me but next set of elections some good media
pressure - as Alan says taking the best practice line- and then driving it
home as a discrimination issue would seem to be quite appealling!

Or even better some diabetic politicians would be good - anyone know of any?

Ian

Newcastle
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Reed" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2002 4:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IPu] Pumping - help


> Doris,
> I fully understand your concerns and also have run into the same brick
walls
> you have.  How our last health minister could not see the benefits which
the
> Health Budget would get from adopting the use of the Insulin Pump which is
> undoubtable THE WORLDS BEST PRACTICE I fail to understand.  It would
> certainly would save the country millions of Dollars in health charges
every
> year.  That is why I pushed to get the local branch formed in the hope
that
> we may as a group help to get action taken.  First though we must help
> individuals overcome the resistance to the introduction and use of the
pump
> and help with quick responses when someone runs into problems.
> At last years NSW ADA AGM I  did raise the question why the syringes used
in
> pumps were the only ones not covered by the NDSS scheme and appeared to
have
> the support of the National and NSW President.  Infusion sets were also
> raised but it doesn't appear to have been successful, but we must keep on
> trying.  Unfortunately I will not be able to get to this years AGM.
> Alan Reed.
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